National Library Week was begun in 1958 by the American Library Association and is observed each April.
Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources.
Often the hearts of communities, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study.
Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.
Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their community's needs are and meet them.
Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English language learners, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve and they respond.
The Sunflower County Library System serves the citizens of the county by providing both print and digital information that is affordable, available and accessible to all people.
“We provide cultural heritage and genealogical collections, materials in print and electronic formats, job seeking resources and many other creative and resourceful programs, “said Mary Ann Stone, director of the Sunflower County Library System.
“We have historically served as our nation’s great equalizers of knowledge. One of our strengths has always been the diversity of our collection and commitment to serving all people.
“Service to the community is our focus of the library and our mission is to provide the resources to meet the community’s informational needs.”
During National Library Week, the library will provide digital literacy classes, titled “I have an iPad or Iphone, now what?”
Participants will learn how to use their iPad and/or iPhone and obtain information about apps that will help make these mobile devices more productive for the user.
Trainers from the Extension Broadband Education Adoption Team will provide the training and be available to answer individual questions concerning the iPad or iPhone.
Training sessions will be provided at the Henry M. Seymour Library in Indianola on Monday and at the Drew Public Library on Wednesday.
Both sessions will begin at 5:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
For more information, visit the Henry M. Seymour Library or call Nita Dill at 662-887-1672, or visit the Facebook page at Henry M. Seymour Library.